May 1st, 2018
Dr. Charles: Committed to a Life of Service
“I can both wonder at what he did; see the beauty in his actions; and hope that I can also find my path, my own committed and rocky path. And I can hope for the fortune and hardship of following my path, through whatever difficult land and territory it takes me. Because the committed path only leads to one place, service.”
April 27th 2018
What Does Chaos Look Like in South Sudan
“I recently described a day here to a friend as being chaotic. She asked me, what does a chaotic day look like in South Sudan? The land where one has such low expectations at times for order and stability, a land that can still surprise you with the speed at which it can descend into disorder and muddle.”
I Woke Up One Morning
“But that day, there was a hurried air, a late start to the round, just me this time, no back-up and I increased the pace a little, knowing I had 3 or 4 hours of 50 or 60 children to process, a rapidly overwhelming set of names and near identical presentations, a formula being developed for prescribing, a hope that I can bring a little system here that might ease the pressures and speed up discharge.”
The Girl in the Pink Skirt
“It’s almost five o’clock on a warm spring evening in Yambio, a state capital in the west of South Sudan where I’ve been meeting and interviewing girls recently released by rebels from the jungle, where they’d been taken against their will to work as domestic assistants, informal wives, spies and foragers, and looters.” Read this piece.
A Land Between Hope and Despair
“Somehow, today seems to encapsulate some of the many challenges, frustrations, opportunities and hopes of this young country within the walls of St. Theresa Hospital, in Nzara, South Sudan. For every beautiful smile, a vacant stare, for every piece of good news, a rifle shot.Please spare a thought for these people, living on the precarious edge between despair and hope.” Read this piece.